crime of words

December 15, 2006

The evidence:
The following is an article that appeared in my school’s newspaper on November 16, 2006.

“Sex is Meant for Marriage, by Carmelo Morales

Just how bad is premarital sex? This seems to be a pretty common question among college students.
You might find yourself in a relationship that is progressing in that direction, but you’re not sure what to do.
You might have even begun to weigh the pros and cons of premarital sex.
There seem to be some positive outcomes, like acceptance from your peers, the hope for pleasure, and the fulfillment of sexual desires.
On the other hand, the negative outcomes carry the weights of morals, fear of pregnancy or disease, and guilt.
‘I believe that premarital sex is not God’s will for me,’ Beth Fuller, Junior nursing major, said.
Fuller said that to avoid premarital sex, God should be our driving motivation.
The Bible explains in 1 Corinthians 6:13 that the body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
In Ephesians 5:3 it is stated very clearly, ‘But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.’
According to the Bible one should practice total abstinence from premarital sex.
Cesar Lafuente, freshmen undediced major, said premarital sex is morally wrong because sex is meant for marriage.
‘I don’t want to share a gift with some one that I’m not supposed to.’ Lafuente said.
Most people don’t consider the emotional effects of premarital sex. Sex is an emotional experience and it affects our lives in ways we don’t understand.
After engaging in premarital sex, many people express feelings of guilt, embarrassment, distrust, resentment, lack of respect, tension, and so much more.
Saxon Tallman, freshmen psychology major, said that people tend to become addicted to sex, and it ends up leaving them spiritually empty.
Sex is one of those things that usually tend to have that negative connotation to it, but sex is not a bad thing. God is the one who created sex.
God created sex to be fun, exciting, and pleasurable for married couples.
The Bible talks about this in Hebrews 13:4, ‘Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.’
It is clear in the Bible that God intended sexual activity to be for those who are married.
‘Sex is not a bad thing,’ Tallman said, ‘It’s good for people that are married. Marriage is unity and it’s for procreation.’
If sex is not such a bad thing then why should people have to wait?
Well, in God’s view, the purpose of sex is not recreation, but re-creation.
God wants us to wait until we are married to have sex to protect us. God wants to protect us from unwanted pregnancies, and God wants to protect children from parents who are not prepared for them.
Vicar General (Diocese of Amarillo) Reverend Michael Colwell, said sex is either a sacrament, when expressed in Holy Matrimony or as a destructive act when expressed in casual encounters that lack stability and permanence.
‘It’s [sex] fire is so powerful, so precious, so close to the heart and soul of a person, that it either gives life or takes it away,’ Colwell said.
According to the Bible, abstinence is God’s only policy when it comes to premarital sex.
Abstinence saves lives, protects babies, gives sexual relations the proper value, and most importantly abstinence honors God.”

The catalyst:
The following is the publication policy of said newspaper

“The Prairie is a student-operated newsppaer at West Texas A&M University. It functions to inform, educate and entertain readers accurately and responsibly. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the administration, faculty or staff.
The editorials that appear on this page represent the opinion of the Prairie editorial board. The views expressed by other columnist are the writers’ opinion and do not necessarily reflect the board’s view.
The Prairie welcomes letters…”

The reaction:
The following is my letter to the editor, Jasinia Flores, and was printed on December 6, 2006

“Dear Editor and Editorial staff:
I was very disappointed to read the article in the November 16th issue “Sex is Meant for Marriage.” At first I was alarmed to see such a bold title, and hoped that the article would be an intelligent discussion of the topic.
However, I was sorely upset by the actual content. The article’s content was purely religious, namely Christian. While the content is not entirely inappropriate, its message was not somthing an education and information source should be delivering. According to your statement on the opinion page: ‘[The Prairie] functions to inform’ educate and entertain readers accurately and responsibly.’ I believe allowing any group, subculture or official to turn the newspaper into a soapbox for its own message is irresponsible to the fullest extent.
Though I do recognize that the opinions printed don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial staff, I do think it is up to the editorial staff to determine if an article will serve the audience and inform or educate them accurately. The writer for this particular article made a lot of claims as to the mental health of those who engage in premarital sex with no facts presented. The opinions of other students at WT with only partial knowledge of the suject do not constitute professional opinions, and are therefore not appropriate. Also, there are a lot of students at WT that either don’t recognize a Christian ideology or validate that particular ‘moral.’
In short, I thought the article could be summed up as ‘You are a Christian, whether you like it or not, and you can’t have sex or you’ll go crazy.’ Not appropriate for a publication of an educational institution.”


Granted, this all happened a couple weeks ago. However, I’ve had a number of people who actually read it, and all of them praised me. And two of them were older women! Librarians even!

Yay for people who think with their heads and not with the lint that collects in their belly buttons.



  1. Hey, hey, a letter to the editor. I’m so proud of you.

  2. Thank you for writing that to them. It also seemed to base fear to those that are Christian. God will judge you for it. Ah yes, but he also forgives when you repent. But that’s not a gimme to keep making the same mistake.

    Sorry, started to go off on my own little rant.

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